Can't get his family out: Kevin Pietersen says Rashid Khan worried about Afghanistan
- "We had a long chat here on the boundary talking about it and he's worried," Pietersen said
- Rashid finished with figures of 3/16 for the Trent Rockets in their match in The Hundred
- "To put on a performance like this under the pressure...(is) probably one of the most heart-warming stories," Pietersen said
Star all-rounder Rashid Khan is worried about the situation in Afghanistan and is unable to get his family out of the country, former England captain Kevin Pietersen has said. “There's a lot of things that are happening at home. We had a long chat here on the boundary talking about it and he's worried. He can't get his family out of Afghanistan and there's a lot of things happening for him,” Pietersen said on Sky Sports.
Afghanistan is now under the control of the Taliban with the militants capturing the capital city of Kabul as President Ashraf Ghani flew out of the country to an undisclosed location on Sunday. Thousands of people are thronging to Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport in a desperate attempt to leave the war-torn country.
Flight operations from around the world to Kabul have been disrupted due to the situation, with 6,000 American troops securing the airport to ensure people, including their embassy staff, officials and citizens, can be evacuated.
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Rashid is currently playing for the Trent Rockets in the inaugural edition of The Hundred, a new limited overs league in the United Kingdom.
“For him to turn up and put on a performance like this under the pressure that he is currently under... for him to be able to forget that stuff and navigate his story and continue the momentum that he has - I think that's probably one of the most heart-warming stories of this Hundred so far," Pietersen said.
Rashid took three wickets and conceded just 16 runs from 20 deliveries as the Rockets restricted the Manchester Originals to 135/8, before David Malan smashed 52 to help chase down the total with seven wickets to spare.
Meanwhile, the Afghanistan national team is will participate in the upcoming T20 World Cup in Dubai in October. The situation in the country cast doubts over their future, but the team’s media manager told ANI that confirmed the team will participate in the tournament.